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Harsh Vardhan slams Kejriwal, says he thinks EVM is ‘Everyone Votes Modiji’

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal has urged the Election Commission to investigate cases of “faulty” EVMs and ascertain if their software can be tweaked “in favour of the BJP”.

india Updated: Apr 02, 2017 00:49 IST
Union minister Harsh Vardhan with Lok Sabha members Meenakshi Lekhi and Manoj Tiwari in Parliament.
Union minister Harsh Vardhan with Lok Sabha members Meenakshi Lekhi and Manoj Tiwari in Parliament.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Union minister Harsh Vardhan took a jibe on Saturday at Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal over his attack on EVMs and said that for the AAP leader, the voting machines means “Everyone Votes (for) Modiji”.

The Union minister for science and technology said Kejriwal will soon demand the Election Commission be handed over to the Delhi government.

“For Arvind Kejriwal, EVM stands for ‘Everyone Votes Modiji’ I’m sure he’ll soon demand the Election Commission be handed over to Delhi gov?? (sic),” he tweeted.

Harsh Vardhan, the Lok Sabha member from Chandni Chowk, was the BJP’s Delhi chief ministerial candidate.

Earlier in the day, Kejriwal urged the Election Commission to investigate cases of “faulty” EVMs and ascertain if their software can be tweaked “in favour of the BJP”.

The CM’s remark came a day after some media reports suggested that Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machine was dispensing slips of BJP symbol only, irrespective of the button pressed, during a demonstration exercise in Bhind, Madhya Pradesh.

VVPAT is a machine which dispenses a slip with the symbol of the party for which a person has voted for. The slip drops in a box but the voter cannot take it home.

After the Punjab assembly polls, Kejriwal had alleged that EVM tampering may have led to the AAP’s poor showing there and had said it could be part of a “conspiracy” to keep the party out of power in the state.